Of course, it will all be gone by this evening, so I suppose you could be jealous of that =)
1) What's the point of having a domain name instead of using blogspot? Does
this just make it easier to share with others or something?
2) How in the world did you do this???? Can you give us all some
(a) Ease in remembering. The shorter the site name, the better. When there are twenty-nine characters in your site name (and especially if there are dashes, underscores, or other special characters), there is a greater chance of making a typo on the url and landing somewhere else. But to me, it just sounds better when it's shorter.
(b) A permanent spot on the web in case you ever change blog hosts, like Blogger or Typepad, or decide to use your own server some day.
This is very big business, so if someone owns the domain you want, they may want to charge you through the nose. You can haggle over price and terms or get a similar domain name with an ending such as .biz or .net.
For a fun exercise, you can plug your blog url into website.grader.com. It gives your blog a ranking and some tips to improve it. Right my new domain name (raisingfive.com) has a rank of 51. My old domain (raisingfive.blogspot.com) gets a 92. I need to figure out how to let the world of web-crawlers know: they're the same thing, for crying out loud!
Why you don't do some sort of advertising on your website? Doesn't google have something to help you make money with it. I'm sure you get your fair share of visitors, it might make you guys a little extra each month!
This is a very good question, and one I've thought about a lot in almost three years of blogging. I do get a fair amount of traffic, and I have had offers from lots of people to do book and product reviews, to advertise their product or service on my blog, or to guest blog on their sites.
1. It is hard enough as it is for me to keep my blogging time in check. Remember my motto:
2. I blog for the friends. For every post I throw out there, I exchange tons of emails behind the scenes with many of you who have become dear to me over time. Blogging has become the new "back door friendship." If I had to worry about number of hits, page rank and all that, I'm afraid my blogging could quickly turn from heartfelt ministry to blogging to get the most page views. I might also feel I had to censor my topics. I don't want to worry about that.
3. I am a bad liar. I refuse to advertise something I don't REALLY use or recommend, like those people who advertise caffeine-energy drinks. Are we really supposed to believe a professional athlete would put that garbage into their precious bodies? Yeah, right.
4. It's not the purpose of my blog. At least not this blog, anyway. I can wholeheartedly recommend to consumerreports.org's reviews, and they won't try to sell you anything.
I'd love to hear your thoughts on this. What is your experience with advertising, product review, guest blogging, etc.?